Indictments, myths, and citizen mobilization in Argentina: A discourse analysis

Ariel C. Armony, Victor Armony

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Abstract

Most accounts of the turmoil that shook Argentina in 2001-2 focused on the harmful impact of the financial environment, imprudent policymaking, and institutional weaknesses. These explanations paid little attention to the cultural frames and cognitive patterns that underlie the connection between civil society and political society. Based on a discourse analysis of Internet forums and presidential speeches, this article argues that the Argentine crisis cannot be fully grasped without considering the link between collective behavior and ingrained conceptions of national identity. The analysis finds that national myths and definitional questions of national purpose are key factors in the way citizens behave in the context of an economic and political crisis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-54
Number of pages28
JournalLatin American Politics and Society
Volume47
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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